Muscat: A hi-tech hospital with 100 beds will be developed by two Omani business groups in collaboration with a leading Portuguese healthcare provider.
Al Afia Healthcare Development and Investment Company, a joint venture formed by Oman Brunei Investment Company, Suhail Bahwan Group and Idealmed Group, has unveiled its project —Idealmed Muscat Hospital — at a function here on Sunday.
The hospital, which will have 43 clinics, specialized centres and round-the-clock service, will come up in a six-storied building extending over 10,000 square metres overlooking Sultan Qaboos Street at Al Ghubra.
Construction work for building the hospital will start this year, while it is expected to be completed in December 2019, and the hospital will start full-fledged operation by 2020.
“The stability of the local market, steady business growth and the ambitious economic plans of Oman encouraged us to enter the local market. Our new project will have a deep impact in terms of developing the concept of healthcare and medical treatment in Oman. Idealmed has built a good reputation and is a well-known provider of healthcare service all over the world,” said Jose Alexandre da Cunha, chairman of Idealmed Group, while addressing the launch function.
The modern hospital has been conceived to address the needs of the people of the Sultanate and will be a milestone in the development of private healthcare services, according to the promoters.
“The three partners, Oman Brunei Investment Company, Suhail Bahwan Group and Idealmed Group, have each developed large scale projects that were well planned and professionally executed, and we are confident of the same professionalism to ensure this project’s success as well,” said Qais bin Abdullah Al Kharusi, chief executive officer of Oman Brunei Investment Company.
Idealmed Group as a partner in this project ensures the highest standards of quality and care. The group currently operates more than 20 world-class healthcare facilities around the world and has developed the Idealmed Institute in close collaboration with one of the best medical universities in Europe, the University of Coimbra, to provide ongoing training to its global facilities.
From the medical staff of Idealmed Muscat Hospital, a minimum of 10 Omani physicians and nurses will be sent per annum to the Idealmed Hospital in Portugal for training.
Fathi Al Balushi, chief investment officer of Oman Brunei Investment Company, said that the group has taken into consideration the smallest details to develop this hospital as an architectural masterpiece.
“It mixes traditional Islamic architecture and Omani heritage with modernity, offering open space and special entrance for clinics to ensure maximum level of privacy for all our patients,” noted Al Balushi.
Amal Bahwan, deputy chairperson of Suhail Bahwan Group, said that the joint venture is a role model for the contribution of private sector to the development of Omani economy.
“The hospital will offer a warm and nurturing environment with access to local expertise as well as world-renowned physicians and programmes through our exclusive partnership,” noted Dr Dania Alsammarae, chief executive officer of the Idealmed Muscat Hospital.
“I see this institution not only becoming Oman’s first choice for healthcare, but also a preferred employer in Oman,” added Dr Alsammmarae.